Sunday, April 3, 2016

March 28, 2016 A week of surprises!

So, I've got some good news and some bad news about T.  The good news is that she is still awesome, but the bad news is that she moved outside of our ward boundaries.... and by outside, I mean right outside.  Spitting distance from our area!!!!!  So sad!  But the other Elders are great, so I'm not too worried about her being taught.  I just wish that we could be the ones to teach her....

We haven't been able to make contact with P (the lady that about wet herself when she saw us), and E works a lot so we didn't get to see her much this week.  But she seemed to be doing good the few times we saw her.

On Friday we got to go to this little town called Linton, it's about an hour East of Bismarck, to visit the Newman family.  Bro. Newman was baptized a little over a year ago, so he is now preparing to go to the temple, and we wanted to go over there to check up on them and see what we can do to help.  They fed us lunch and we had a great time talking with them!  They are so funny!  Matt and Amber (that's the Newmans names) are just always smiling and joking around.  Never a dull moment at their place.

Saturday was just full of surprises!!!  First, we were driving to the post office when I looked over and saw a family that looked super familiar, but it was from the back so it could have just been a funny angle.  But as we passed a got a good look at the husband, and it was the Curtis's from Valley City!  I was blown away!  I got all excited, flipped around and parked, then chased them down!  When I got close, Sister Curtis turns around, sees me and we had a happy reunion!  It was a blast to see them!  We talked for a bit but then we both had to get running, so I said goodbye and we headed out.  What a pleasant surprise!  Come to find out, Sister Curtis grew up in a town called Culbertson, Montana, which was about 45 minutes East of Poplar and we would drive through there periodically.

That day we went and visited the Walker family (the father is less-active, and is the only member in his family) and we were surprised by getting to color eggs with them.  It was pretty fun!  I haven't done that in far too long.

Easter was great!  After church, we were invited to an Easter Lunch in a park for some folks who don't really have families to celebrate Easter with.  It was great!  The funny thing is, we pretty much know half of the people there.  The craziest part was seeing L and C there!  We have a history with them that started while we were tracting one day, knocked on this door and a Native lady answered.  We talked to her for a bit, but she said that she didn't live there, she was just babysitting, but she would let them know that we stopped by.  We never got in contact with them though.  Then, about a month later, we get a call from Brother Palonite (a tongan man) who said that he wanted us to come to lunch with him and a co-worker that he wanted us to teach the Gospel cause she was going through a rough time.  While we were eating lunch, we somehow made the connection that the door with the babysitter was her door!  We were all just amazed!  It was quite the coincidence.  Then, at the lunch yesterday, we're helping set up when a car pulls up and guess who gets out?  L and C!  And as they come over, M, a member of the church, gets all excited and greets them like old friends.  Turns out, they were old friends!  Coincidence?  I think NOT!!  Crazy how these things work out.  Someone had Their hand in that for sure.

This week I had the great privilege of listening to a talk by Truman G. Madsen called "The Blessings of Righteous Women."  It was so good!  I think you all should listen to it, cause it's just great.  I'm not sure where to find it, but when you do, listen to it.

Well, that's about all for this week.  Love ya!

Elder Carter

1-2) Preaching the Gospel unto every creature (including the random huge bear you find in the hallways of apartments)

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